Richstitch

The following workshops are currently available, but please note that I am always happy to adapt a workshop to a particular group’s needs or invent a new, bespoke workshop to order – just ask!

Please e-mail or telephone to discuss options.

Note: I do not run textile workshops from my home and a suitable venue must be provided by the group.

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No Scissors Needed

A one-day or half-day workshop exploring the use of Markal Paint Sticks through hand-cut stencils. This is a project-based workshop but with plenty of flexibility built in and the results will be very varied!

Samples and finished pieces will be present for inspiration.

Note: The half-day workshop will involve stencilling only; the one-day workshop will include stitching.

Felt Underneath

A one-day or half-day workshop embroidering on hand-made felt. This is an experimental workshop with the aim of trying out ideas and learning to exploit the special qualities of hand-made felt, and it is assumed that participants will have prepared their own felts for working with.

Samples and finished pieces will be present for inspiration.

Riches Revealed

A one-day workshop in which soft merino felt is machine-stitched and then cut back to reveal embroidered and embellished silk; it is assumed that participants will have prepared their own felt. This is a project-based workshop but with plenty of flexibility built in and the results will be varied!

Samples and finished pieces will be present for inspiration.

How Do You Know When To Stop?

A one-day or half-day workshop exploring the grey area between minimalism and over-the-top. This is an experimental workshop using paper or fabric scraps and bonding techniques on a small scale to produce a series of related designs to be embellished with stitch. These designs can then form the pages of a unique artist’s book.

Crossing the Line

A one-day or half-day workshop couching threads and objects by hand. This is an experimental workshop exploring the tremendous variety of effects possible using simple couching techniques.

Samples and finished pieces will be available for inspiration.

Beautiful Books from Paper and Thread

A one-day or half-day workshop making simple and not-so-simple books for use as sketchbooks, commonplace books and mementos – wonderful as gifts too!

Participants will make several different books during the day and will take away experience and inspiration to make many more.

Samples and finished books will be present for inspiration.

Fees:

 

Half-day or evening workshop

£110 + mileage (£0.45) from West Woodburn (NE48)

One-day workshop

£200 + mileage (£0.45) from West Woodburn (NE48)

Please note: If overnight accommodation is required, this should be arranged for me at a local B&B or small hotel.

Folk Art Felt

A one-day or half-day workshop exploring the unique qualities of commercial felt. Whether made from pure wool or recycled plastic, in junior school primaries or subtle hand-dyes, ready-made felt is widely available and lovely to stitch into, but how do you mark it?  Solutions, tips, ideas and inspiration, and lots of hand stitching!

Samples and finished pieces will be present for inspiration.

Sonnets and Shopping Lists – How to draw in spite of yourself

A relaxed one-day workshop aimed at overcoming the well-known “I Can’t Draw” syndrome: drawing and art journaling for improvers, beginners, and the truly terrified!

I firmly believe that there is no One Way to begin drawing or to improve one’s drawing, and also that much of the traditional Learn-to-Draw exercises are off-putting and damage confidence. This workshop will include the ideas, thoughts, tips, suggestions, pointers, warnings and guides that have helped me to arrive at the stage where I do keep an art journal, I do feel comfortable drawing “in public”, and I can see a steady improvement in my ability. And there will be lots of actual drawing, which is, after all, they key to getting better at it!

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